Well, for the last several nights I've been working on getting the old paint, primer and rust off of the DB hood.
It's amazing how well this paint has set although I'm not entirely sure that it is original.
I've been using various grit flap discs, a couple of different cup brushes, chemical aircraft paint stripper and a LOT of elbow grease but I'm finally starting to see some results.
The outside of the hood is down to bare metal and looks really smooth. I think it's going to make for a fantastic paint surface.
The inside of the hood is really pitted and rough and still has quite a bit of paint and rust that needs to be removed. Tomorrow night I'm going to give it another thick coat of the aircraft paint remover and then break out my little "spot" sandblaster.
Once I get all of the paint and rust removed I plan on sanding the surface rust with 320 grit sandpaper and then wipe it down with mineral spirits. After that it will get a quick coat of primer on the exposed metal. This will probably take place on Thursday or Friday night.
Although I'm not restoring this tractor I want it to look good. I don't want to take the time to fill all of the pits on the inside of the hood with primer so it will still look somewhat rough once I'm done.
I'm not planning on showing the tractor but instead working it. Because of that I just want it to look good and be protected, while it's working.
I've already decided that when I eventually tear down the tractor and get to refinishing the implements I'm going to use the large sandblaster that we have out at the farm.
All of this sanding, chemical stripping and flap disc grinding has worked well on the hood but it would be a major pain to try to finish the tractor and wheels using these methods.
I'd much rather do a quick blast, sand, wipe down and primer in a single day than spend several days using my current methods.
I just wanted to give everyone a quick update on where I'm at with my project. The disc, plow and cultivator are all ready to work, (mechanically at least), but I'm waiting on the weather to cooperate.
Because of that I decided to start working on getting the hood ready to paint and will work on the tractor and the implements once my garden work is finished, later this spring.
It's been some LONG nights over the past week but I really have been enjoying myself. I love having a project to work on even if it does make for some long days at work.
Hope everyone is having a good week.